Good Evening from a very damp and blustery Bristol.
Which ever part of the world you are living in, and whatever personal achievements or wonderful delights have occurred in your life this year, it has to be acknowledged that 2020 is going to be the year that everyone would like to forget, but which will be spoken about for many, many moons into the future. Politics and Covid-19 have dominated our world, both getting nastier and more destructive as the year has gone on. I for one will be glad to see the back of it – although, I should admit I said that about last year . . . Little did I know.
Because of this I think we should celebrate what we can, and if I take this month as an example I can immediately think of three things that made me happy, and gave me good reason to forget about the nightmare that is 2020 for a while.
The top of the list, has to be the fact that my daughter has been given the all clear on cancer, so we can relax for another year! Here she is pictured awaiting her MRI scan, and as she put it, “Still rocking the hospital gown, but this year with an added accessory!”
The second is the arrival of my great-niece Nyah. She was almost two weeks overdue, and gave her poor old mum more than a rough time before she finally put in an appearance. But I’m sure like the rest of the family, mum and dad now think those hours . . . and . . . hours and hours were worth it! Here she is a few days old, the bruising from the forceps almost gone. She is, without a doubt, one of the prettiest newborns I have ever seen. All I want now are my cuddles, not sure how long it will be before I get them . . . but let’s not go back there.
Finally, and less momentous but still something to drown out 2020, despite the subject matter, I found my “Read of 2020”. Written way back in 2001 when I had far fewer laughter lines, and by one of my favourite authors, I can’t believe it passed me by. A Place of Execution, by Val McDermid, is set in the 1960’s around the time the Moors Murderers were still at large. It even makes reference to them, and is written in such a way I had to check that it was a work of fiction, and that Ms McDermid hadn’t wandered from the path of fiction to dramatise a true event. I thoroughly recommend it.
I have done quite a lot of reading, and not much writing lately – although more of that later – and have just got the reviews of those books I enjoyed up to date. You can see some of what kept me from the laptop HERE. Don’t forget to review those books you’ve enjoyed reading.
What made you happy this month? Drop me a line and let me know – I need to keep this smile going 🙂
I’m sorry to confess, that the latest Meredith & Hodge is not flying by any stretch of the imagination, despite the fact that very unlike me, I’ve planned the next few chapters. It seems to me that they’ve been playing me up since the wedding! However, what has grabbed me again, is something I started three or four years back. Currently titled An Unexpected Turn of Events, it is a collection of short stories I wrote many years ago while on a writers workshop course, and I’ve tweaked them, interlinked them and have a murder on my hands!
Finally, the latest two audiobooks are due out any day now. The latest M & H – Not If You Paid Me, narrated by the wonderful, Lee Beddow, and the first in the Bearing Witness series, Witness for Wendy, narrated by my old work colleague and friend, the very talented Nikki Loy. I think Audio fans will love it. I will announce their arrival via my Audio Mailing List, so if you want to be added to that, please shout and it shall be. I still have a few free codes knocking about if anyone would like to give audio a try.
That’s it for now, dinner to prepare, and hopefully a coupe of hours writing coming up later.
Stay safe, happy reading,
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